Waiting for Ali

Niye Ha Williams-Hill of Jeffersonville, Ind., photographs her daughters Evangeline, 1, and Viviana, 6, holding a flag, while on the Belvedere watch the June 10, 2016 Muhammad Ali funeral procession pause on Interstate 64 before exiting downtown at 9th Street.
Niye Ha Williams-Hill of Jeffersonville, Ind., photographs her daughters Evangeline, 1, and Viviana, 6, holding a flag, while on the Belvedere watch the June 10, 2016 Muhammad Ali funeral procession pause on Interstate 64 before exiting downtown at 9th Street.

My first few frames shot on the Belvedere Friday when I arrived to stake out my position for the photo of the Muhammad Ali funeral procession to pass by on I-64 before exiting onto 9th Street were in color, then black and white … A woman brought her daughters and made a nice feature with the flag. They were actually there for the event. It made a better B&W than color, but didn’t want to send it to The C-J as a “mistake.” I don’t know what setting it was on, just glad I fixed it before shooting more.
Intead, tweeted a picture of the Muhammad Ali Center and I-64 waiting for the arrival of The Greatest.
Spoke with other photographers and waited for traffic to stop on I-64W, a sure sign of his arrival.
After almost four hours of standing there, traffic did stop, and police cars whizzed by. The procession followed, and stopped across from the Ali Center. Eastbound traffic stopped too, and photojournalists jumped out of the back of an SUV that was riding ahead of the hearse. You could hear the folks on the Belvedere chanting, “Ali, Ali,” in a video I made with my phone. It all lasted a few minutes. The motorcade took off, people left the railing and waited for the memorial to begin.
For me, off to edit and sent out photos.